Thursday, 20 November 2014

EXCLUSIVE | Fashion Scout Selection Panel AW15



The AW15/16 Fashion Scout Selection Panel converged on Tuesday 18th November to decide which designers would showcase with Fashion Scout during London and Paris Fashion Week. A collection of Fashions finest, the panel included Vogue Italia's Sara Maino, renowned fashion commentator Hilary Alexander OBE, Judith Tolley from the Centre for Fashion Enterprise, the British Council, former Merit Award winner Georgia Hardinge and Fashion Scout's own director Martyn Roberts. 

The panel spent the day time looking through all fifty shortlisted designers before deciding on this seasons Merit Award and One’s to Watch recipients. 

The judges where overwhelmed by the level of talent for AW15/16. Commenting on what seems to be a new ‘era’ of designer talent- with a focus on craftsmanship, creativity and colour. Those who are chosen by the judges will have the chance to showcase their collections during Fashion Scout London Fashion Week in catwalk shows, presentations or as part of exhibitions from the 20th - 24th February 2015. 


Look out for our new designer announcements soon, including the prestigious Ones to Watch and Merit Award winners. 

by Daisy Milward
Images from Fashion Scout Events


Wednesday, 19 November 2014

NEWS | Mairi McDonald & MTV

Fashion Scout Designer, Mairi McDonald was chosen by MTV EMA sponsor Essence, to discuss Fashion in her studio with upcoming music talent Jess Glynn. 

Ahead of the awards show in Glasgow, Glynn spent the day browsing the latest collection, before selecting her favourite piece, the Stardust baroque lace top from the Queens of Noise collection, launched at the Fashion Scout London Exhibition in September.

By Daisy Milward
Image courtesy of Mairi MacDonald

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

EXCLUSIVE | Sadie Williams x & Other Stories




Fashion Scout Graduate Showcase designer, Sadie Williams, has announced her incredible new collaboration with ‘& Other Stories’ due to hit the stores tomorrow.

Sadie, who was featured at London Fashion Week September 2013, by Fashion Scout, has been busy creating her signature glitter fueled pieces for the international fashion brand.

Sadie who has already worked with J.W.Anderson and Katie Hillier since gradating last year, is known for her ‘Disco Daleks’ as coined by Alexander Fury.

Sadie and Joe Williams have also created an exclusive film for the launch of her new capsule collection.
The collection will be in stores from the 13th November, across 11 countries including London’s Regent Street.





Tuesday, 4 November 2014

EXCLUSIVE | Mariana Jungmann Joins the CFE's Fashion Pioneers


The Centre For Fashion Enterprise's Pioneer Programme is designed to nurture emerging London-based designer labels, identifying and providing solutions for some of the issues that may be stifling growth in the early stages of business.

Fashion Scout designer, Mariana Jungmann, who debuted her collection at Fashion Scout London in an exciting multi-sensory catwalk show, is the latest to join the best new designers accepted onto the CFE Pioneer Programme.

Mariana Jungmann, will follow in the footsteps of CFE Pioneer Alumni; Simone Rocha, Steven Tai, Haizen Wang and T Lipop amongst others. She will be joined by Fashion East designer Louise Alsop and new talents Faustine Steinmetz, Adrien Sauvage, Liam Hodges and Studio XO.

Of being inducted into the Programme Mariana says; "London is one of the most inspiring places I've ever been, more than that it is the place to be if you want to grow a business. The Pioneer Programme has helped designers that I look up to, to become the huge success they are now. I can't wait for it to start so we can venture into this new journey."


Tuesday, 28 October 2014

EXCLUSIVE | Jay Briggs' Selfridges Christmas Windows


London Selfridges Christmas Windows displays team up with Fashion Scout designer Jay Briggs.

Their enchanted fairytale inspired window displays, will be around for the duration of the winter season. Jay Briggs was chosen by the Visual Merchandising team to collaborate on one of the stories, after seeing his wonderful head pieces. The ‘Ugly Duckling’ theme is perfect for the spellbinding Jay Briggs brand.

“It’s been a dream to collaborate with Selfridges on this occasion and I’m so pleased they chose to work with me on this project. Hopefully this is the start of an ongoing collaboration.” – Jay Briggs.

Since presenting his collection at Fashion Scout, Paloma Faith has already worn his signature white dress and his headpieces are featured in Kylie Minogue’s latest music video.

You can view the display now at the London Store on Oxford Street.

By Lauren Slater
Images by Elizabeth Hodson

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

HIGHLIGHTS | Colin Leslie at Fashion Scout London

Eco Friendly, handcrafted bamboo sunglasses brand, Colin Leslie, made a splash with their retro styled sunglasses found on the front row at Fashion Scout London SS15.

VIP guests where treated to a pair of shades in the FROW goodie bags at various shows during Fashion Scout, London Fashion Week. Colin Leslie Eyewear’s Eco Unit.T range is made from recycled acetate frames and plantation sourced bamboo, protecting natural wildlife.

The Eco Friendly ideals of Colin Leslie Eyewear fit in with that of the Fashion Scout Merit Award winners this season – Gyo Yuni Kimchoe nature friendly sensibilities, where they where also featured in the front row goodie bags.

VIP front row guests at Fashion Scout SS15 include; Amber Le Bon and Yasmine Le Bon, Kimberly Garner, Brix Smith Start, Philip Green, Hilary Alexander, Sara Maino from Italian Vogue, Tamzin Outhwaite, and fashionista Pandemonia.

If you where lucky enough to get your hands on a pair, show us how you style your Colin Leslie Eyewear using the hashtag #becoolwithouttrying for a chance to be featured on the Fashion Scout twitter and blog!

@ColinLeslieUK
#becoolwithouttrying



Monday, 13 October 2014

EXCLUSIVE| Fashion Scout AW15 Applications Now Open


We are pleased to announce that applications for the AW15 London and Paris showcases are now open.

From the 20th to the 24th February, Fashion Scout London will take place for another season at the Freemasons’ Hall in Covent Garden, London over the five days of London Fashion Week. Showcasing the very best in upcoming fashion talent, designers can apply to show their collections as catwalk shows, presentations or part of our exhibition.

This season’s applications will also open for the prestigious and highly desired Merit Award, won by Gyo Yuni Kimchoe this season. The Merit Award new talent initiative is worth £25,000 over three seasons and is responsible for the launch of design careers including that of William Tempest, David Koma, Hermione De Paula, Eudon Choi, Georgia Harding, Leutton Postle, Phoebe English, as well as Xiao Li. The Merit Award is open to new womenswear designers who have already graduated and wish to show during London Fashion Week.

Additionally, new designers can apply for the Ones to Watch collaborative showcase. Known as the first and best place to see the future of UK and International design talent, the Ones to Watch provides four designers with a high profile catwalk show and, along with the Merit Award show, attracts an audience of both buyers and press season after season.

Fashion Scout Paris will also return to its Paris home in the heart of Marais, where designers will be able to individually display their collections to the elite fashion Industry. Visitors to the Fashion Scout Paris Showroom last season included Anna Wintour, Hamish Bowles, Lucinda Chambers, Fran Burns, Sarah Mower, Sara Maino, Worldwide Vogue and Worldwide Elle. 

To request an application pack and for full information, please email: press@fashionscoutevents.com.

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

PARIS SHOWROOMS| Tailoring Trend

In the Fashion Scout Paris Showroom this season there are some exciting new tailoring ideas being presented by our talented designers.

SCHIPPER/ARQUES


A true European label, Schipper/Arques is formed by Dutch Boris Schipper and Spanish Tomas Pedrosa Arques. Cut and construction form the foundation for every collection, a strong basis for bold prints.

What is this collection about?

The prints come from a collaboration we did with Spanish artist Romulo Celdran, who has a gallery in New York. They are pencil drawings and we really like his work so we collaborated on this season. The theme of this collection is opium; using opium to escape the constructions of daily life and to not be caged. Our collections are always contradictory though so we have very structured pieces and draped ones.

What would you say are your brand values?

Wearability and multi-functionality.  For example the sweatshirt in our collection can be worn with a skirt and heels and be very fashionable and classy but it can also be worn with jeans and sports shoes and be very streetwear.

For what type of woman do you design?

Someone who is in touch with who she is. Who has no issues with herself.

You are based in Madrid right? Where do you produce your collections?

Yes we are based in Madrid. We mainly produce in Spain and in Belgium and some pieces in Shanghai.

YOUJIA JIN


Part of this seasons Ones To Watch, Chinese born Youjia Jin, graduated from the London College of Fashion with an MA in womenswear. Youjia's mixture of traditional tailored shapes and a love of pleating create an elegant silhouette. 

What have you worked on for your SS15 collection?

This is my graduate collection. Inspiration has been taken from muscled and anatomy. There are small details in the garments like for example one piece is half suit and half dress. I always focus on the shape and the quality of materials. I also think about functionality. For example this cocktail dress has a big pocket in which the wearer can put a few things and she won’t have to carry a bag with her. Also I don’t like layers so I like having two pieces of clothing in one; this garment is both a jumper and a suit together. I like putting different types of pieces together.

Where do you produce your collections?

In London and Paris and I source all my fabrics from Italy. I use very high quality fabrics, which sometimes I can only find in Italy. They are all 100% cashmere, 100% silk, or 100% cotton.

How would you describe your brand?

It is of high quality and all garments contain different details in every side of them. I want the wearer to look perfect from every angle.

The work of Schipper/Arques and Youjia Jin is on display in the Fashion Scout Paris Showroom along with 20 other exciting new design talents. You can view their work until the 30th September from 10am - 7pm daily (we close at 5pm on Tuesday 30th September), 23 Rue Du Roi De Sicile 75004. 


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